Sunday, October 4, 2009

MoTab: An Acquired Taste

I'm not gonna lie- I've never been a fan of organ music. True, I am impressed by the size of the organs in the Tabernacle and Conference Center on Temple Square, as well as the ability organ players have to do so many things at once (let alone they actually know how to play an instrument well). But I still don't really enjoy organ music. Likewise, I'm not a huge fan of large-choir-type music where it's hard, at times, to even understand what words are being said. Add all this up and it's not hard to understand why I haven't been the biggest fan of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the past.

When I came out to Utah to attend college at BYU back in 2004 I had the opportunity for the first time to attend General Conference in person and, thus, listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (a.k.a. MoTab) in person. My opinion changed completely. What a beautiful choir! Since then I guess my attitude and taste in music have both matured at least a little. Perhaps it comes from having a bit of a rough time in my college years and turning more and more toward peaceful, uplifting music, but I have really come to love the music presented by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It is all so peaceful, uplifing, and more often than not moves me to want to be a better person because of the messages of the hymns and other songs they sing. Forgive me, I'm still not sure how to link up to music very well, but if you have the time, I recommend trying to find a recording of MoTab singing "I'm Trying to be Like Jesus," "Have I Done Any Good?" and my personal MoTab favorite, "How Firm A Foundation." The end of that song ("How Firm A Foundation") always gets me. So powerful and comforting.

Well, I just thought I'd share my thoughts on the beautiful music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir today since we've had the privilidge of listening to them through most of the sessions of General Conference yesterday and today. Also, let me just say in closing that if you haven't watched/ listened to Sister Barbara Thompson's talk from the General Relief Society Meeting yet, you really should. She is so fun and so sweet and I love the message she shares.

Okay, okay. Just one more. I really can't finish a post about General Conference without sharing the link to Presiden Monson's talk from this morning on serving others. Talk about a birthday wish come true. Surely, he is a prophet of God.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

P.S. I just checked my links to make sure they all go where I want them to go (dear Lord) and realized that all of the links to the videos all take you to the same place. Sorry! I tried! But it's a fairly easy page to navigate, so I'm leaving the links up anyway. Enjoy!


CK Morgan said...

The choir was so beautiful today! I love watching them in person. I met Barbara Thompson today at conference and she is even more fun and cute in person :)

Lisa Lou said...

I was actually thinking that this conference how amazing the choir sounds! Also, I fell asleep during the RS broadcast and MISSED Sis. Thompson's talk. I need to watch it on Thanks for the reminder!

Kathy Haynie said...

The last song of conference today was AMAZING. Wow. Wow.

Glad you're digging the MoTab. :)

Hillary said...

it is an acquired taste isn't it? I began to love the Motab more and more over time, just like you. :) I thought today was so great. I was amazed at how many songs they sung! Do they always sing that many? I couldn't remember. What a great day though! I love conference!

JuliaKoponick said...

We loved President Monson's talk too. We have started a new family tradition of all sharing something we did for someone else as part of our evening scripture study and family prayer time. It is neat to see the kids already getting into the spirit of it and looking for things at school they can do for other people.